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Marine killed in tanker truck crash has been identified
The Marine who was killed when their tanker truck crashed Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 8 and the Ogilby Road exit has been identified as 24-year-old, New York native, Cpl. Sylverson Moise.
While Moise was wearing his seat belt, the injured Marine, according to the California Highway Patrol, was not. He has not been identified yet and no further information about the extent of his injuries is available.
According to the CHP, a convoy of two tanker trucks carrying aviation fuel was traveling westbound on I-8 at an undetermined rate of speed at approximately 2:51 p.m.
For unknown reasons, as the vehicles exited the freeway, the driver of the second tanker truck left the roadway, overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle rolled several times before coming to rest on the north side of the off-ramp.
Moise was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, 21, who suffered major injuries, was airlifted to Yuma Regional Medical Center and later flown to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.
According to Gunnery Sgt. Dustin Dunk, public affairs chief at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, the two-vehicle convoy was taking aviation fuel from MCAS Yuma to a training facility in the vicinity of Ogilby Road.
Moise, a semi tractor trailer operator with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, who enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 2009.
His personal decorations include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and NATO Medal — International Security Assistance Forces.
Alcohol or drug impairment does not appear to be a factor. The Ogilby Road off-ramp was closed while the tanker truck and its contents were removed, but the freeway remained open. Dunk also said environmental and safety officials from the air station responded to the site to make sure the area was not contaminated in any way.
CHP said the accident remains under investigation.